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Archive for June 2009

Healthcare Reform or the Next Trail of Tears?

29/06/2009

Climate change slowing China’s drive to end poverty

17/06/2009

From Reuters By Emma Graham-Harrison   BEIJING, June 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is making some of the poorest people in China even more destitute and undermining the development that has been a cornerstone of Communist rule, academics and campaigners said on Wednesday.   The most poverty-stricken parts of the country are often also the […]

Israel sees deal soon with Obama over settlements

17/06/2009

From Reuters JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a deal with Washington under which Israeli building in existing Jewish settlements could go forward in certain cases, Israeli and Western officials said on Tuesday. In talks with U.S. President Barack Obama‘s Middle East envoy, Netanyahu has asserted that his government does not have […]

Pedestrians, cyclists among main road traffic crash victims

17/06/2009

From WHO Half of 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every year are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists, finds new WHO study. 15 JUNE 2009 | GENEVA/NEW YORK — The first global assessment of road safety finds that almost half of the estimated 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every […]

Israelis liked PM speech, but peace still far: poll

16/06/2009

From Reuters JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s keynote speech on Middle East peace this week received massive support from the Israeli public but they do not think it will further its aim, a poll showed on Tuesday. The survey, published in the Haaretz daily, showed that 71 percent of respondents said they […]

The week ahead

15/06/2009

From The Economist The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China meet to discuss the economy, and other news • LEADERS of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known collectively as the BRIC countries, will gather for their first official summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Tuesday June 16th. China and India have continued to grow reasonably […]

Israel’s war crimes

15/06/2009

From Le Monde Diplomatique Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes? by Richard Falk For […]

CIA chief believes Cheney almost wants U.S. attacked

15/06/2009

From Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA director Leon Panetta says it’s almost as if former vice president Dick Cheney would like to see another attack on the United States to prove he is right in criticizing President Barack Obama for abandoning the “harsh interrogation” of terrorism suspects. “I think he smells some blood in the […]

Israel ‘perplexed’ by Solana-Hezbollah talks

14/06/2009

From PressTV  An unprecedented meeting between the EU foreign policy chief and an official from Lebanon’s Hezbollah has left Israel ‘perplexed’, an Israeli official says. “This meeting left us perplexed, and we dare hope that Mr. Solana took advantage of the occasion to press for a disarming of Hezbollah and for the end of the […]

Senior EU official holds talks with Hezbollah

14/06/2009

By HUSSEIN DAKROUB   BEIRUT (AP) — The European Union’s foreign affairs chief held talks Saturday with a Hezbollah legislator in the first meeting between a senior EU diplomat and the Iranian-backed militant Shiite group. The meeting was part of an outreach by European powers to Hezbollah, which the United States and Israel consider a terrorist […]